LIMA — Ohio State University-Lima received a donation of $75,000 from Nutrien Lima Nitrogen Friday to be used to support programs, activities and infrastructure needs for the new Perry Webb Student Life Building.
Todd Sutton, Nutrien general manager, presented the traditional oversized check to Fabio Leite, associate dean at OSU, and in recognition named the welcome center desk in the new building in the company’s honor.
“This is a great opportunity for the community and the students. They didn’t have a center like this,” Sutton said. “So we decided this was a great opportunity to help support OSU of Lima.”
Leite said the new student life building was to create a hub where OSU students can come to meet with their peers to study, socialize, exercise and visit the Starbucks located in the facility.
The students seem to agree. Students were using the common area, meeting rooms and even the fitness center while the donation ceremony was happening. The building was filled with the buzz of dozens of conversations happening at once. Occassionally the sound of the machines at Starbucks would overpower the conversations as the students employees filled their fellow students’ orders.
“It’s great,” Trenton Berger, an OSU freshman from Continental, said while waiting on his Starbucks order. “Before we were in the basement of Galvin Hall. We were kind of spread out. Now we have a big place to meet in.”
Senior Emali Sroufe, a Starbucks student employee, said the Galvin Hall basement was dark and dreary but the Perry Webb Student Life building is a much more modern area.
“This is a really cool place to hang out with my friends,” she said. “It feels like a big university now.”
Sroufe said having a coffee shop on campus now is an added bonus the new building provides.
Sutton said the purpose of the building was to help promote a healthy community and quality education for OSU students which matches some of the core values of Nutrien Lima Nitrogen.
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